7 Quick Takes: Staring At a Blank Wall Edition

7 Quick Takes

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End of the quarter. I am two tests, two quizzes, a discussion post, a report, and an amended PowerPoint presentation away from being done with the quarter. The quizzes, discussion post, and report will be tackled on Sunday. PowerPoint will be amended either tomorrow or Saturday. The tests will be taken on Monday and Tuesday. After that, I AM DONE!!!

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Parenting advice. Parenting advice has indeed changed.

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An interesting idea. Crocheted water balloons? What a novel idea!

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Unbelievable. I’ve been getting a lot of “On This Day” things on Facebook about Daniel this week because it has been 8 years (as of the 7th) since we were able to bring him home from the hospital. It’s so amazing to think that my tiny baby is now only a foot shorter than I am!

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Getting fur out of my keyboard. Homer, my gorgeous grey loaner cat, is being extra affectionate tonight which is wonderful… except that my keyboard now has quite a bit of fur in it! *goes off to find a can of compressed air to clean it*

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Trinity fun. Some fun because this Sunday is Trinity Sunday…

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Sports take. Go Dubs!!!! Sweep the Cavs!!!!

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7 Quick Takes: English Placement Test Edition

7 Quick Takes

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English placement test. Because my school apparently experiences perverse joy in making its students jump through hoops, I had to take an English placement test to get into one of two Communications classes for my program’s requirements. Apparently, my AP test score in English Composition and Literature doesn’t count nor does THE FACT THAT I HAVE A FREAKING B.A. AND PART OF A MASTER’S DEGREE.

So I bit the bullet and went to the testing center this evening and took it. 30 minutes and 20 reading comprehension questions later, the computer spit out the result that I qualify for the highest level English classes they offer.

SHOCKER!

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You know you’re an Accounting geek when… I bribed myself to take the stupid placement test by promising myself that once it was over, I could go set up the Excel spreadsheets for this weekend’s Accounting problem set.

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An excuse to drool over office supply websites. The required intro class for my program (that I am taking because apparently *working* as an administrative professional for 12 years does not mean that I am qualified to be one) requires a 6-8 minute presentation on the history of an office supply product of our choice. We brainstormed a list of possible topics in class today and I drew the #1 pick. My choice: datebook/planner/agenda because I want ALL THE PLANNERS. The Plum Paper website makes me giddy. There’s also Kelly’s book.

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Birthday? Birthday! I had a fabulous time in Anacortes with my friend on Friday and a lovely time with the evil twin and his long-suffering wife last weekend (a.k.a. The Girl) as well. The Girl was able to leave work early on Friday so they were able to beat some of rush-hour traffic in Seattle and Tacoma to make it up to us in time for dinner. Saturday was the family dinner with them, my uncle, and grandma.

I got enough cash from my parents as a present to get a pedicure so I spent part of my Wednesday doing that while reading one of my textbooks for an online test I had to take for the intro class I was whining about in take #2. (I got a 98 on it which is amazing, given that my instructor writes insanely hard online tests because we can use books and notes on them.) My feet are all pumiced and pretty with sparkly pink nail polish on my toenails! (My mom laughs because it’s the only time I wear pink willingly.)

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Memorial Day plans. Plans for this weekend are to go for a walk downtown with my friend/walking buddy tomorrow, go to a therapy appointment afterwards, and… do homework. Yeah… I have a *FABULOUSLY* interesting life. There will probably be things like church, coffee runs, and a few park trips with Daniel interspersed but my instructor this quarter (I have all three of my program-specific classes with her) has joked that she assigns as much homework as she can over holidays because she takes great joy in our suffering. She then adds that we get to torture her right after because she has to grade all of that work.

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Monty Python. My Accounting instructor referenced this song in class on Monday.

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And because why not? If you’re going to quote Monty Python, you need this one.

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7 Quick Takes: Birthday Girl Edition

7 Quick Takes

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Birthday girl. So tomorrow is my 37th birthday. I pondered doing video takes like I did last year but I’m dealing with cold/allergies/asthma exacerbation so I’m feeling like I want to just go with the flow this year and do normal takes.

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Plans for my natal feast. I’m headed to Anacortes with a friend tomorrow who wants to show me some of their favorite places and we have my evil twin and his long-suffering wife coming to dinner on Saturday night. My BFF Rebecca’s present arrived today ($tarbux — she knows me well 🙂 ) and I have the promise of gift cards to Old Navy and Kohl’s from my parents so I can start rebuilding my professional wardrobe.

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I love my family. I shared this article to my evil twin’s wall:

The article on my brother's wall.

The following discussion resulted (thus far):

The resulting discussion.

I can just see my sister-in-law’s eyes rolling now!

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Danielism #1. When he’s in time-out and he wants to get up, he’ll say “Sorry. Up?” to me. It’s adorable… and doesn’t work unless it’s time for him to get up.

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Danielism #2. When I told him that it was time for his evening meds, he raced downstairs ahead of me. When I got to the kitchen, he handed me his peanut butter jar and a spoon and said, “Pee boah meds shower.” (Translation: “peanut butter, meds, shower”.) It’s the order of the starting things for his bedtime routine so it was nice to hear him tell me that part of his schedule.

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Because cute. Usually, after he gets his shower, he goes and hangs out with my mom while she watches The Big Bang Theory so I can have my shower and not have to worry about him doing things like putting kitty litter in the bleach dispenser of the washer or climbing on the roof. Anyway, I ended up taking my shower early last Friday (before he got home from school) so I was just sitting in my room listening for him when I heard him heading toward my mom’s room. Then it got quiet. About 15 minutes later, he came to my room and told me he wanted milk. As I was walking downstairs past my mom’s room, I saw his tablet and two of his blankies on her bed. Apparently, he automatically took everything in there after his shower because that’s what he does (almost) every day and it was time. Mom was in heaven because apparently, he was being extra cuddly that night.

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You know you might be an Accounting geek when… I’m going to be getting my laundry and folding it after I get this up. My bribe for doing that: getting to do my Accounting homework!

Yes, I am a geek. I embrace this.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: May 14, 2017

For Today…

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny with some clouds. We’ve gotten sprinkled a couple times but it’s nice enough out right now.

I am thinking… about what I have due over the next couple of days. All of my PE 100 stuff has to be in tonight, Accounting homework is due tomorrow morning, and I have stuff for my other classes due at various points on Tuesday.

I am thankful… for good worship this morning. It’s always good when I feel connected in prayer and in receiving the Eucharist.

One of my favorite things… calmness and quiet in the house. Mom and my uncle are cooking downstairs and Daniel is in his room currently.

I am wearing… my Cougars shirt and jeans. I hate the Cougars about as much as I hate Ohio State… but my youngest cousin Sarah (recent WSU grad) is coming to dinner tonight and I love Sarah so I’m wearing the shirt. (It’s also very warm.) Church clothes this morning were my turquoise/black/white bokeh dress, black camisole, black cardigan, and black flats.

I am creating… spreadsheets for my Accounting homework and message board entries for my PE class.

I am listening to… “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson.

I am hoping… this chapter’s book work for PowerPoint isn’t boring. I love creating and manipulating presentations but not so much the reading about it.

I am learning… how to do the indirect method for a statement of cash flows.

In my kitchen… ling cod tonight with various salads and potatoes and macaroons with ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… Daniel’s teachers are working with him on getting him to stop hitting.

Post Script… I’d like to share this for those whose mothers or mothers-in-law are toxic people. I’m very lucky to have a wonderful mom but some people aren’t that lucky.

Shared Quote… “We are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.” — C.S. Lewis

A moment from my day… My first Mother’s Day 8 years ago.

The kidlet and me on our first Mother's Day in 2009.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: April 23, 2017

For Today… April 23, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dark. It was cool and rainy for most of the day. (In the Pacific Northwest? SHOCKER!!!)

I am thinking… about the PowerPoint homework on which I am procrastinating.

I am thankful… to have my problem set for Accounting done so I don’t have to figure it out before class. I’ll deal with my Chapter 20 outline instead!

One of my favorite things… tulips. It’s probably good I live where I do.

Tulips at Roozengarde

I am wearing… jammies. Church clothes were a black cardigan, blue-green fitted tee, black/white striped skirt, black tights, and black flats. I jettisoned everything but the shirt when I got home and tossed on jeans and flip-flops.

I am creating… PowerPoint presentations when I finish this blog post.

I am listening to… some Rend Collective.

I am hoping… I can make a dent in my PowerPoint homework.

I am learning… corporate accounting this quarter.

In my kitchen… salmon on a cedar plank, asparagus, broccoli, salad, potatoes, and ice cream for dessert. Sunday dinner FTW!

In the school room… kidlet continues to do well and be cute. He has his teacher, therapist, and aides wrapped around his finger.

Post Script… researching these is on my to-do list this week.

Shared Quote… From Winston Churchill:

Science quote.

A moment from my day… More tulips!

More tulips at Roozengarde.

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7 Quick Takes: Easing Back Into Blogging

7 Quick Takes

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Easing back into blogging. After posting a quasi-update on what I did on my Lenten break, I did my first Simple Woman’s Daybook post in two months on Monday. I haven’t had time to do much more blogging because I have two classes “on the ground” (meeting physically) this quarter instead of one class on the ground and the rest online. The second “on the ground” class is the introductory class for my department and is just busy work; but it means less time for blogging and a lot of other things because I’m on campus for an extra three hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I could probably log into one of the computers in the OFTEC classroom during my break between classes but I tend to use that time for silly things like eating lunch and doing homework.

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A new and wonderful hymn discovery. It’s dusky here and I’ve got a hymn called “Lead Kindly Light” on my mind. Audrey Assad does it beautifully.

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Easter update. Easter Sunday was glorious here. I was the bunny for my parents and Daniel and they all liked their Easter baskets. Mom was my bunny and got me a boatload of chocolate, most of which I’m stockpiling for when PMS hits again in a few weeks. I’m actually able to stomach it again (thanks omeprazole!) and I think the best part of the basket thus far has been the Fererro Rocher eggs.

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A new addiction. I managed to pick up a new online addiction over Lent: Reddit! I really like the “Ask Reddit” subreddit and have become active on it.

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A hymn for this weekend. I seriously adore “O Sons and Daughters of the King” which is usually sung on the Second Sunday of Easter for Episcopalians. Here it is in English and in Latin:

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Some Star Wars fun. I think y’all need to see this religious Star Wars protest. (HT: Reddit)

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Special intention. I’d really appreciate if you could keep a special intention in prayer for me. Please and thank you!

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook: February 26, 2017

For Today… February 26, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… dusk. It started out snowing this morning but got fairly nice toward noon.

I am thinking… about Lent starting on Wednesday and what my Lenten sacrifices will be. I have two of them thus far and may add another.

I am thankful… that I found the words to “The Pirate and the Ninja Should Be Friends”. I’m pretty sure there’s another version out there but this works.

One of my favorite things… being able to sing. My singing voice is froggy at the moment because of my cold. Boo.

I am wearing… my blue-green shirt and jeans. Church clothes were a long-sleeved version of this shirt, black slacks, and my black boots.

I am creating… various Word documents for my assessments. I’m trying to get all my Word for the week done tonight so I’m able to get as much of my Records Management done tomorrow. That enables me to focus on Accounting.

I am reading… Father Tim’s Church Survival Guide by Tim Schenck.

I am hoping… for a chill week. Excitement is getting a bit overrated.

I am learning… about merchandise valuation.

In my kitchen… steak, baked potatoes, beans, salad, and probably ice cream for dessert.

In the school room… I have Daniel’s IEP scheduled.

Shared Quote… “The only things we can keep are the things we freely give to God. What we try to keep for ourselves is just what we’re sure to lose.” — C.S. Lewis

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